By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

TRENTON — For a quarter century, New Jersey’s county colleges have banded together in a statewide group to lobby for money in Trenton, coordinate programs and divide up funding.

The 19 two-year schools are required to join the group — called the New Jersey Council of County Colleges — under state law. But that could be changing.

Under legislation that advanced in the state Senate on Monday, membership in the group could become optional. Opting out of joining the council could save the county colleges between $20,000 and $90,000 a year each in dues.


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